It seems that way. Not content with being cheerleaders for even more draconian smoking controls, the LGA now wants an extra tax on pubs and clubs:
The Local Government Association is calling for pubs and clubs to help meet the costs of cleaning up after binge drinkers.In this matter the LGA is merely agreeing with the government who want a "late night levy" - as if opening late is somehow the drive for binge-drinking. Longer hours have the very opposite effect - just look at the six o'clock swill for heavens sake!
What really annoys these local government folk is that most of that new tax would go to the police (for, like, doing the job we pay them to do). And so we add more costs to businesses that are already struggling under the weight of unwanted regulation brought in on the basis of sloppy science and a downright lie.
Don't the LGA want any pubs and clubs to stay open?